Summer Sale Extended! Get unlimited digital access for 13 weeks for $13.
Opinion
News Opinion

UM content with Pepsi-based health care?

Amid all the self-congratulation at the University of Maryland over a corporate financed modest boost in mental health services for students, I'd like to demur ("UM adds funding for mental health," April 3).

In the article, we're told how happy everyone is that Pepsico, which "holds lucrative vending contracts with the university," is giving $500,000 a year for 10 years to allow hiring three new psychologists and 1.5 campus health center jobs to deal with a 23 percent increase in requests for help over the last few years and a tragic recent off-campus fatal shooting. What percentage of Pepsico's profits does that represent?

I think it's pitiful — and telling — that such a huge, now elite university with dozens of highly paid administrators thinks so little of mental health care for its carefully selected students that rather than budgeting funds to improve services, it goes begging for donations to a corporation trying to sell high-sugar drinks on campus. And the students applaud this? Things have sure changed since I was a student at College Park in the mid-1960's.

I imagine that eliminating the jobs of two or perhaps even one CEO-level administrator would have provided the same sop to students clamoring for help.

Larry Carson, Columbia

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
Related Content
  • The path forward for city schools

    The path forward for city schools

    It's the first day of school in Baltimore, and I'm feeling the excitement and optimism I always feel on this day of the year. But in my decades as a teacher, administrator and superintendent, I have never felt more urgency and concern on a first day than I do today.

  • Caution: Children on board

    Caution: Children on board

    Across Maryland, most students are back in school as of today, and here's a preliminary number that schools, parents and everyone else ought to contemplate for the next nine months — 83. As a test score, that might not sound threatening, but it's no "B" and it's definitely not something that anyone...

  • Open the primaries

    Open the primaries

    The fastest growing segment of Maryland's electorate is voters who decline to identify as Republicans or Democrats. As The Sun's John Fritze reported recently, their numbers are up by 57 percent in the last decade, and they continue to grow despite the likelihood that both major parties will have...

  • Liberal hypocrisy on the subject of constitutional tinkering

    Liberal hypocrisy on the subject of constitutional tinkering

    When is it outrageous to amend the Constitution?

  • Why does there have to be one black voice?

    Why does there have to be one black voice?

    A nonprofit booked me to speak to some young writers from Baltimore. "How does it feel to be the voice of the people?" a girl in square frames with a pumped fist asked. "I don't speak for all of Black America," I told her. "I'm not the voice of black Baltimore, or Down Da Hill, or Latrobe Projects...

  • The tragedy after Hurricane Katrina

    The tragedy after Hurricane Katrina

    After the storm waters of Hurricane Katrina subsided, devastation remained: unsafe and waterlogged structures, with moldy, crumbling walls; unsalvageable fridges and soggy couches; indoor rivulets of mud. Local economies collapsed. A million people were displaced. Thousands of residents lost everything...

Comments
Loading
75°